PIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa — It was a tough day for the American contingent at the first International Cycling Union World Cup mountain bike stop of the year.
While Nino Schurter of Switzerland won the Pietermaritzburg cross country race for the second straight year, edging South African Burry Stander by 11 seconds, no Americans were among the top 40 finishers in the event, which drew 114 starters.
Exeter native Adam Craig, a 2008 U.S. Olympian, finished third among Americans and 55th overall in a time of 1 hour, 40 minutes and 15 seconds, 9:37 behind Schurter.
Sam Schultz of Missoula, Mont., was the top American, finishing 43rd in 1:39.01, while Stephen Ettinger of Cashmere, Wash., was 46th in 1:39:36.
Among other American finishers, Jeremiah Bishop placed 63rd, Spencer Paxson was 71st, Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski was 72nd and Michael Broderick was 98th.
Todd Wells, a 2004 and 2008 U.S. Olympian, did not start the race after being injured during a practice run early in the week.